Welcome to Lightology

215 W. Chicago Ave.
Chicago IL 60654
(312) 944-1000

North America’s Premier Contemporary Lighting Showroom

Featuring a highly-trained and dynamic staff of American Lighting Association-Certified Lighting Consultants, Lightology is an award-winning showcase of the latest and greatest in luxury contemporary lighting from around the world.

The stunning, modern showroom is designed from the ground up to serve the specialty needs of architects, designers, contractors, and other trade professionals. The 20,000 square foot glass-enclosed space flows around a central atrium featuring catwalks filled with high-end fixtures as well as permanent exhibits on light color, temperature, the history of electric lighting, and anything else inquisitive customers need to know about creating their ideal lighting environment. Our three-story showroom is topped off with a lush roof garden for meetings and events, providing a dramatic vantage point to Chicago’s magnificent architecture.

Lightology Showroom

Birth of An Institution

Lightology is the product of the combined skills and expertise of our dedicated staff.

Since opening its doors in 2001, Lightology has been home to the most talented and knowledgeable lighting experts, most with Lighting Specialist certifications from the American Lighting Association. From fitting individual lighting fixtures to designing large-scale projects for retail and commercial spaces, our lighting consultants help make the entire Lightology experience simple, satisfying and enjoyable. Confident navigators of limitless lighting possibilities, Lightology staff can guide retail, trade, and commercial customers through projects from start to finish.

An ever-expanding website has fast become a cornerstone of the Lightology experience. Our newly redesigned, mobile-friendly site allows customers from around the country to explore our thousands of lighting products, learn everything they need to know about contemporary lighting design, and purchase online. Our website is staffed by constantly growing sales and customer service teams who ensure all customers’ needs are met, near and far.

The Early Days

Lightology is the culmination of the three-decade career of founder Greg Kay.
Gregory Kay

A Detroit native, Kay had an interest in design from an early age. He completed his training as a master electrician in the 1970s, and soon spotted an entrepreneurial niche in the cultural climate of the day, as a roller disco lighting specialist.

In 1983, Kay opened Tech Lighting in Chicago's River North gallery district. It was the city's first all-contemporary lighting showroom, and was a hit from the start. Kay has won dozens of awards in lighting and product design, as well as for the Lightology showroom itself. Notable awards include the prestigious Edwin F. Guth Award of Excellence in Lighting Design (1988) and Lighting Showroom of the Year (2016).

Kay surprised many in 2001 by selling Tech Lighting to focus on his biggest project to date: Lightology, the finest contemporary lighting showroom in the world.

Visit The Lightology Showroom

Lightology Showroom


Visit our showroom located at:
215 W. Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60654


Design Acclaim

// Residential Lighting Showroom of the Year Award (2016) \\

// Residential Lighting Showroom of the Year Award for Merchandising (2010) \\

// ASID-Illinois Design Excellence Award for "Stratus" Wall Grazer (2008) \\

// ESNA International Illumination Design Award of Merit (1997) \\

// Chicago Lighting Institute Award of Merit for Lighting Excellence (1994) \\

// Chicago Athenaeum Good Design Award for Johnny and Wishbone KableLite fixtures (1992) \\

// Edwin F. Guth Award of Excellence in Lighting Design (1989) \\



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